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00600 325 Fernando Avenue
00700 Palo Alto, California 94306
00800 May 11, 1973
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01200 To Whom it may concern:
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01500 My name is Lawrence G. Tesler. I reside at the above address
01600 and work as a research scientist for Xerox Corporation (palo
01700 Alto Research Center). I am 28 years old and have been a
01800 resident of this community for ten years, except for one
01900 year spent on land I own in Takilma, Oregon (1970-1971).
02000 I live with my eight year old daughter, of whom I have had
02100 custody for five years.
02300 During our stay in Takilma, we were fortunate to become
02400 acquainted with our neighbors at the Magic Forest Farm.
02500 They were very helpful to us, teaching us much about
02600 building, gardening,
02700 and other skills needed to live on a farm.
02900 My daughter enjoyed visits to the Magic Forest Farm,
03000 playing with the children there, and reading the books that
03100 were always prominently displayed and extensively read.
03200 By and large, the children were highly
03300 motivated to learn both at home and in school.
03500 I have visited the Magic Forest Farm several
03600 times since 1971, and have seen continued progress towards
03700 their goals. They have made a happy and productive home
03800 for themselves mostly by perseverance and
03900 hard work. Janie (Jeanette R. Stewart) is one of the
04000 residents who stands out as a willing worker and
04100 a positive force in the life on the Farm.
04300 The Magic Forest Farm has set a fine example for the
04400 surrounding community, in which it plays a leadership
04500 role in matters of health, safety, and cooperative undertakings.
04600 Janie, a particularly responsible individual, deserves a large part
04700 of the credit for this.
04900 I know Janie to be a good mother, and well able to care for
05000 Larissa at the Magic Forest Farm or anywhere. I see no
05100 point in putting Larissa through the trauma of a
05200 change of custody for the advantages she might gain by
05300 living in a less rural area. It is true that some of the
05400 comforts of life are lacking, but this is compensated by an
05500 opportunity for her to live nearer the roots of life, to
05600 get healthul exercise, to learn basic skills, and to live in
05700 an uncrowded and beautiful environment with a
05800 loving mother and with other adults who care for her.
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06200 Sincerely yours,
06600 Lawrence G. Tesler